Colm Murphy: winner of multiple Grade 1s with the likes of Brave Inca
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By Keith Melrose 10:46AM 23 SEP 2016
COLM MURPHY, winner of multiple Grade 1s including the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, has revealed that he will retire from the training ranks.
Murphy, 42, took out his licence in 2000 and soon made an impact at the top level – with Brave Inca winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2004.
That horse would win the Champion Hurdle two years later and Big Zeb would also take championship honours at Cheltenham in 2010. However, Murphy admitted on Friday that monetary considerations meant that he could no longer continue training.
“The decision is a financial one,” he admitted. “It’s being hanging over us for the past couple of years and looking at the situation realistically I decided now was the time. My last runner will probably be Black Zambezi at Gowran Park next Saturday.
“I haven’t any plans for the future and will take a bit of time to think things over and see what opportunities might arise.”
Reflecting on his career, he added: “I was very fortunate to train some very good horses during my career including Brave Inca, Big Zeb, Fethard Lady, Quito De La Roque and Voler La Vedette and to train for some very good owners.”
In all, Murphy chalked up 20 Grade 1 wins in his career, the latest of them being Big Zeb in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at the end of 2011.
Though big-race winners had been harder to come by in recent years and his overall win total in Ireland dipped to six last season, Murphy was still sending out big winners as recently as the spring, when the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Empire Of Dirt won the Festival Plate.